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August 1983 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Aug 2 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • Aug 3 John Sain of South Bend, Indiana, builds 3.91 m house of cards
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Bettino Craxi sworn in as premier of Italy
  • Aug 4 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 4 Revolution in Republic of Upper Volta brings Thomas Sankara to power

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Aug 4 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Thurston House” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Aug 6 Supertanker Castillo de Bellvar catches fire and sinks northwest of Capetown, South Africa
  • Aug 6 Bomb planted by Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of ANC, explodes at a synagogue in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 7 1st Athletics World Championships open in Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 7 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • Aug 8 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

BattleCoup d'état

Aug 8 Military coup in Guatemala, Dictator and former General Efraín Rios Montt flees

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 General Manuel Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • Aug 17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas

  • Aug 18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • Aug 18 Samantha Druce, age 12y 119d becomes the youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 20 The South African anti-apartheid umbrella organization, United Democratic Front (UDF) is launched at Rocklands Community Centre in Cape Town, South Afrca
  • Aug 21 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
  • Aug 25 US & USSR sign $10 billion grain pact
  • Aug 26 Floods destroy most of the old town of Bilbao, Spain.
  • Aug 27 Haiti adopts constitution
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test
  • Aug 28 Greg Luzinski is 1st player to put 3 HRs onto roof at Comiskey Park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 28 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announces his resignation

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Aug 28 Joseph Kreckman sets record of 2,215 clay pigeons shot in an hour
  • Aug 30 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-launched (6 days)
  • Aug 30 WKBC-TV (channel 48) ends broadcasting in Philadelphia
  • Aug 30 Guion Bluford becomes 1st African-American astronaut in space
  • Aug 31 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter, born in Stockton, California

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Bart [Bartholomeus Jan] Bok, Dutch-American astronomer (Milky Way), dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian essayist, activist and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy, dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Benjamin V Cohen, American author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • Aug 18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • Aug 19 Aleksandar Ranković, Yugoslavic partisan and 1st Vice President of Yugoslavia (1963-66), dies at 73
  • Aug 20 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • Aug 21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • Aug 24 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • Aug 24 Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist and author (The Good Life), dies at 100
  • Aug 27 William Hitzig, Austrian Maxwell physician, dies at 78
  • Aug 29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68